TMEA 2017: Preconference Day

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Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 6.55.47 AMIt is one of my favorite times of year because it is time for TMEA 2017! TMEA Preconference Day begins today and it looks to be a good one. The Technology for Music Education (TI:ME) has planned a great preconference day with numerous sessions geared towards elementary to collegiate educators. To see the complete list, please click here.

Using Technology with the Feierabend Approach

Today, I am proud to be presenting with music educator extraordinaire and Feierabend expert, Dr. Missy Strong. We are presenting the session, Using Technology with the Feierabend Approach in Rm 212. In this session, Missy will show the Feierabend concepts of First Steps and Conversational Solfege. Throughout her presentation, I will show how technology can enhance some of the concepts found in the approach. This session focuses on the Feierabend Approach. The technology serves the purpose of enhancing the approach when it comes to assessment, communication with parents, interactive music making, and more. I am hoping to have this session recorded so that it can be offered to NJ elementary music educators as a webinar for PD next week.


There are other great sessions offered today. For elementary music educators, there are amazing presenters such as Cherie Herring (, Graham Hepburn from Quaver Music, Denise Gulliver-Lewis, Julianna Mateyko from MusicFirst, and so many more! The preconference day finishes with a great reception and presentation from TI:ME President, John Mlynczak.

Need a handout from one of my sessions? Please check out!

I hope to see you there!



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Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website:

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